Authors: Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Nalini Singh, Milla Vane
Narrated by Angela Dawe
Running time 13 hrs 10 min
E-Book and Mass Market Paperback 384 pages
Published by Penguin/Berkley on November 25, 2014
Copy of Audiofile provided by publisher: NO remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
In Night Shift, four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge listeners into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’s novella Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.
In Milla Vane’s The Beast of Blackmoor, a warrior princess must tame a savage beast to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.
It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in nationally bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.
This is the best anthology I have read in a very, very long time. Each of the four stories is fresh, captivating and filled with great characters, suspense and reasonable world-building.
I especially liked the stories by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews (I’ve done a 180 on Ilona Andrews recently) and Lisa Shearin. I’m not big on high fantasy so Milla Vane’s ‘s story was not my favorite, but her world-building is excellent and in the end I did like the story.
I really enjoyed Andrews’ MAGIC STEALS. It is gritty, sexy, funny and filled with the kind of family dynamics almost every woman who is or has been single will absolutely get. I even got the support characters.
Nalini Singh’s story doesn’t stand alone as well as the others do; the world-building ins complex and series driven so some backstory would be helpful. Since I am familiar with the vernacular of the genre, as many of you are, I was able to follow along. But the idea of the man searching for and protecting this woman who is his mate was very sexy and romantic. I enjoyed this one a lot – it kept me warm when I was out chopping ice the other day.
Lisa Shearin’s story was probably the funniest. It has a hick in the big city vibe that sets up some funny situations and a little culture shock.
Two of the stories have a virginity trope going and of course the men are thrilled to be their first, which bugs me a little. I guess shifters might be excited to be their mate’s first, but it seemed a little contradictory with Singh’s world.
Narration: Well, occasionally the narrator broke into the sing-song cadence I don’t like. But, the voices were varied and the accents were pretty good.
All in all, this is well edited and I was left with a feeling that I had just listened to a book of high quality I would definitely recommend it.